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April 12, 2021

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Armed robberies in Northern Rivers

Police have been investigating two armed robberies this week, one in Byron Bay and one in Lismore.

Mullum farmer’s market closed this Friday

This Friday's Mullum Farmer's Market has been cancelled due to the decimation of the site by rain.

Wardell and Pimlico Halls to be upgraded

Yesterday the Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, announced $70,000 of funding for upgrades to Wardell and Pimlico Halls, in Ballina Shire.

Interview with DeeBee Bishop

Thirst is the story of Stan Adams, as told by Deebee Bishop. He was one of six housemates who lived with Stan in a broken-down share house when he’d walked away from his life to live rough. Decades later, Deebee tells the story.

Dili facing double disaster

The capital of East Timor, Dili, is reeling after flood waters swept through the city on the weekend, leaving at least 27 dead. The President of East Timor, Francisco Guterres Lú-Olo, described the floods as a 'great calamity'.

Local collaboration formed to feed people rather than landfill

Feeding people at the same time as reducing food waste is the aim of a new regional food donation campaign initiated by NE Waste.


Frente at Star Court

Could it really be twenty-five years since Simon Austin and Angie Hart formed Frente?

In their absence, it seems that respect and kudos have grown. New generations discover them for the first time, peers take another nostalgic listen to songs that they fell in love with, broke up to, and started over with. Frente continue to mean something to many.


To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the release of Marvin The Album, the iconic album has been re-issued across two discs (fully remastered by Bob Ludwig in Los Angeles).

Marvin disc one features the Australian version of Marvin with the addition of the three US bonus tracks added after the original sequence for its US release.

The second disc features the long-out-of-print Whirled and Clunk EPs, again fully remastered, as well as a handful of rare-as-hens-teeth bonus tracks from the Marvin era.

In celebration of Marvin, Frente has embarked on Marvin The Album, 21st Anniversary Tour, their first full national headline tour since 1997.

Frente will perform Marvin from beginning to end, as it appears on the original Aussie CD, followed by the US cuts and many longstanding fan favourites at the Star Court Theatre in Lismore on Friday.

Tickets available at www.starcourttheatre.com.au or phone 6622 5005.

mr-cassidyMr Cassidy at the Courty

Featured earlier this week, Mr Cassidy with Dannie Carr (formerly Sweet Painted Ladies) and Emilie Owen (formerly Luxedo) are the wives of rockstars (Ash Grunwald and The Living End’s Scott Owen respectively).

But these women are setting out to prove that these men are in fact the husbands of rockstars with the release of their new EP Redemption at the Court House in Mullumbimby this from Sunday from 3pm.

A Cocking Good Time with Jazz

The Lismore Jazz Club presents a great arvo of jazz at the Lismore City Bowling Club this Sunday from midday, featuring the Northern Rivers Youth Jazz Ensemble and the Jenni Cocking Sextet. Admission is $10 for members and students and $15 for non-members. School students are free.


An Evening at the Brewery

Written by brothers Joel and Paul Cooper over late nights with dry gin in the band’s Otways studio, Questions was shaped by the experiences that preceded it and exemplifies what the The Evening Cast have been praised for over the recent years: endearing vocals, inventive musicianship and candid lyricism.

The five-piece indie-pop band from Victoria teamed with two-time Grammy-nominated engineer Joe LaPorta and ARIA award winner Marty Brown (Clare Bowditch, Art Of Fighting) to realise their vision for Questions and have spared no exertion to create their finest musical work to date.

The group worked feverishly on every single lyric, re-working and re-shaping the song structures until they were satisfied that it offered something more audacious than what audiences had heard from them before.

The band followed up with a sold-out hometown launch show before playing headline shows around the country as part of the Lake National Tour.

The band play the Byron Brewery 
on Friday at 8pm. Free entry.

Floyd-Vincent-and-the-The-Temple-DogsWorld Rock comes to town

Floyd Vincent’s musical style has been variously described as world music, rock, latin, pop and even jazz by critics and reviewers over the years.

There is no doubt that the influence of world music was strong back in the late eighties and early nineties when he and his band got started.

Paul Simons’ Gracelands, Sting’s Dream of the Blue Turtles and acts such as The Gypsy Kings had pushed world music, latin and jazz grooves into the mainstream.

Floyd and his band’s interest in these styles and their love of high-energy uplifting music has seen them become a staple of the Australian live music scene.

This year Floyd has been performing solo quite a bit as well as with the band. Sunday at the Beach Hotel in Byron from 4pm. Free.

FESTA-JUNINA-Brazilian-NightIt’s a Big Brazilian Party!

The Brazilian Forró Party with Trio Mandala (Brazil) play the annual Festa Juna music festival held in Brazil every June.

An earthy, organic, melodic sound (with a rhythmic pulse similar to reggae’s) featuring vocals, guitar and sizzling Brazilian percussion!

The dance of forró encompasses fun, expressive movements ‘dangerously close together’, that’s now popular all over Brazil! Come and feel the fever that is forró at Byron’s best Brazilian night! Saturday at The Brewery 7.30pm – free entry.

A First for Hamish

Every now and then you get sent an email that reminds you of how, as they say, ‘by the grace of god go I’.

I got one the other day from a bloke about to have his first art exhibition.

Hamish Graham told me the story in a few sentences of how in 2005 he suffered a spinal cord injury and became a quadriplegic with chronic pain issues, all from a mishap playing backyard cricket with his seven-year-old son.

Clearly Hamish has been to some very hard and dark places, but in a true triumph of the human spirit Hamish weaned himself off pain medications, cleared his mind and started following his artistic bent by using his computer as his canvas.

Hamish has created some beautiful 
work on show at Studio Red in the industrial estate in Byron with an exhibition opening on Friday night at 6pm. All welcome.

Kavisha-Love Songs and an Empty Sky

Kavisha Mazzella was featured this week – she is an ARIA award winning singer-songwriter with a very unique twist.

A meditator, chanter, sufi poem lover and singer of love songs in Italian, she presents two very different styles of performance.

Appearing at the Drill Hall in Mullumbimby this week, Kavisha presents two nights, at the first she will be performing songs from her new album Returnella along with some favourites from her long career and on Saturday she presents Empty Sky, Singing and Chanting Meditation.

Kavisha presents her first concert on Friday at 7pm for $20 at the Drill Hall in Mullumbimby and then on Saturday night at 7.30pm she presents Empty Sky for $15 at the same venue.

Knight Music

Melbourne born and bred singer Kellie Knight brings powerful raw emotion to performance, enticing audiences with her ever-changing melodies and her distinct jazz-meets-nu-soul style.

Kellie is joined by her fabulous Daze members Steve Mcleod (guitar) and Paul Brewer this Sunday at the Sphinx Rock Cafe.

texperkins_web_picPerkin’ Up

Treat yourself to the music of Tex Perkins and Charlie Owen at the Ballina RSL this Friday.

Tex is undeniably a musician who has mixed it up.

From pub rock and alt country to damaged blues, Perkins has always broken convention and pioneered his own unique sound.

His strength is his musical partnerships and the many incarnations of Perko; the Perko who appears with Owen is something to behold.

If you like awesome songwriting, intelligent lyrics and witty banter then this is the gig for you.

If you prefer something more banal and middle of the road, I guess you should go somewhere else!

Migaloooooo Twoooooo

Environmental activist Dean Jeffries is having a campaign launch for Migaloo 2 at Kulchajam in Byron this Saturday.

Dean says: ‘I will be showing some short films I’ve shot on Migaloo 2 with the whales over the last years as well as a short inspiring film I shot at Bentley called The Bentley Blockade, People Power at its Best.

Other shorts include recent activities of Sea Shepherd in the Antarctic, Sharks, and a promo clip of my new film The Whale Whisperers and more…’  Talks by Dean Jefferys, skipper of Migaloo 2, Howie Cooke from Surfers For Cetaceans, Nicole McLachlan, Stop Shark Cull QLD, Friends of India, Giving it Back, and a representative from No CSG.

Darpan will bring in some celestial tunes. It will be a victory celebration for everything we have achieved for future generations and other species. This is also the launch of the crowdfunding campaign for Dean’s new film The Whale Whisperers – see http://pozi.be/thewhalewhisperers?ra=31203.

The Whale Whisperers is a mysterious journey to the final frontier of the natural world, communicating telepathically with animals. Kulchajam, 1 Acacia St, Byron industrial estate. Saturday at 5pm – $10. Chai and food available.

This event will be live streamed from www.migaloo2.com from 5pm onward.

French-Kiss_JaneRutter_-Top-Hat-1.jpg-French Kiss

The Northern Rivers Conservatorium presents internationally acclaimed flautist Jane Rutter in a musical tour de force, French Kiss.

Jane Rutter is renowned for her sensitive and expressive musicianship and in French Kiss she demonstrates her artistry, performing works from the French Baroque to the sobbing heart of the French Romantique era, from the passionate world of Paris salons to the joy of la Belle Epoque.

Lismore City Hall on Thursday at 7.30pm. For bookings go to NORPA 1300 066 772.

slim pickensSlim Shack

Slim’s fate was sealed when, as a baby, he crawled into an empty guitar case and went to sleep when the lid came down, giving his parents, who couldn’t find him, some early grey hairs.

He has played music professionally now for over 40 years… blues bands, rock bands, funk bands, folk rock bands, jazz bands and has now come full circle back to his roots: country/blues/roots/old-timey acoustic music.

He has toured and played festivals all over Australia and Europe (including Byron Bluesfest several times).

He is a multi-award winner who has produced six albums with his third album Happy Trails, which went to Number Two on the Australian Blues and Roots Charts.

Slim Pickens plays Saturday at the Sheoak Shack in Fingal Head at 7pm.

Songwriters on the Songline

Enjoy a night of transcendent music in the cosy, sacred space of one of the finest listening venues on the northern rivers. If you enjoy music that moves your soul and spirit with sacred lyrics and sublime locals, be sure to order tickets early so you won’t miss out. See Murray Kyle supported by TJ Quentin and Ahliya Kite in Songwriters on the Songline at Uki Church on Friday evening.

Lou-Van-Stone-Head-Back-Smiling-Pic_smallThe Floating Stone

Classically trained soprano Lou Van Stone, who was featured this week,  takes her audience on an inclusive musical journey with blissful, transformational meditative soundscapes and euphoric trance floor anthems.

Yo can see her on  Friday at Kulchajam in Byron at 7pm, tix are $15 or $20 at the door.

Jo Jo Returns for Launch

A heads-up for lovers of one-time local singer/songwriter Jo Jo Smith – she returns to the area with an album launch at the Poinciana on Friday 4 July. Watch this space next week for an interview and more information.

NIGEL-MCTRUSTRYIs that a Cigar in Your Box…

Nigel McTrustry is a travelling bluesman and his weapon of choice is his three-string cigar-box slide guitar.

Performing with drummer Scottie B, their organic mix of hypnotic, trance, rhythm and grooves takes traditional blues and roots into new territory.

This is original music with the emphasis on ‘origin’. Stripped back and raw! Hand-crafting each of his guitars, Nigel is at the forefront of the cigar-box guitar revolution.

He plays The Brewery on Sunday from 7pm. Free entry.

Sex and Consciousness

Love Manifested Foundation presents Shantam Nityama, the true master of sex and consciousness direct from LA, California.

He promotes spiritual transformation on every level, with irresistible humour and an invitation to shake off societal conditionings, break out of old patterns and reunite with the inner being. A two-day workshop with Shantam Nityama for men and women is being held on Saturday and Sunday at Durrumbul Hall 10am–6pm each day.

Enquiries to Roxanna Minnona via email [email protected] or phone 0409 200 167.

circus-artsWinter Circus

It wouldn’t be the start of the school holidays without a fun family night out at Circus Arts Byron Bay.

This showcase, Circus Arts is mixing it up with a selection of classic hits from the 60s to the Naughties and beyond! Educate your kids about ‘real’ music and re-live the golden days as the Circus Arts students perform amazing circus acts including acrobatics and pitching, mini-tramp, trapeze, silks, juggling and advanced flying trapeze!

Former Cirque Du Soleil performer Mark McLauchlan will perform his amazing acrobatic pole routine for the last time before he leaves Byron for greater adventures in Melbourne and we promise a guest performance that is sure to surprise every audience member!

To top off this exciting night of entertainment, Circus Arts is giving you the chance to win two tickets to Splendour in the Grass!

7pm on Friday, cafe, bar and sausage sizzle from 6.30pm. Raffle prizes to be won! $5 trapeze swings after the show.

Gyan-ZEBRA-GIRLGyan is going for gold

Musician Gyan has launched a crowdfunding project… and the clock is ticking.

One of our featured artists this week, Gyan plays a house concert this Saturday from 7.30pm. Tix are $25. For information email[email protected]

Full Marks for Groucho

Frank Ferrante recreates his international triumph as the legendary Groucho Marx in this fast-paced comedy packed with songs, stories and inspired audience interaction.

Groucho Marx and the Marx Brothers revolutionised the world of comedy.

From vaudeville to Broadway to film, they made millions laugh.

In fact Groucho is today considered the father of modern comedy, whose influence extends from Jerry Seinfield through to Woody Allen.

Irreverent, satirical, social comment that was always cutting edge, dangerous and ahead of its time.

Catch this remarkable show at the Byron Theatre on Friday 27 June at 7.30pm Tickets at byroncentre.com.au.

DOUG-CHAPPELLaughing in the Chappel!

Doug Chappel has been a professional comedian for more than 10 years.

A working-class boy who grew up in Melbourne’s western suburbs, Doug is an energetic performer with hilarious facial expressions, astute observation and charm.

He has toured internationally, been the headline act in every major comedy club in Australia, while also headlining comedy clubs all over the UK, Ireland and Scotland, and performing in the exclusive Jongleurs Comedy Club London and the world-famous London Comedy Store.

\Doug has also performed in more than 15 Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows, alongside some of the country’s biggest names, and he is a popular choice among some of Australia’s biggest football clubs, sportsmen nights, charity events and corporate functions.

Doug is joined by support act Fiona McGary and regular MC Mandy Nolan. Ballina RSL’s Big GigThursday at 8pm. Free.

TijuanaCartelTijuana Cartel

For six months, Tijuana Cartel’s locked itself away in the studio where an obsession for the music has been their driving force.

Their new single release Endlessly is a testament to the musical evolution the band’s been going through – a new track that takes you on a psychedelic journey that builds to an explosive mid-section.

Endlessly explores the existential link between life, death, music and eternity and it reveals how a year in the studio has matured Tijuana Cartel’s music like a good wine – into a truly original and fresh sound for the band.

It hasn’t been an easy ride; the band’s been morphing with a changing line-up and a focus on a more intense, cohesive sound.

The fact that the band continues to sellout shows around Australia seems proof enough that the new formula is winning the approval of hardened fans along with new converts. Originally written as an acoustic track by singer Paul George, Endlessly has been transformed into an epic-sounding mash-up between acoustic and electronic soundscapes, driven by the skills of Carey O’Sullivan’s production and the percussion of Daniel Gonzalez.

The result of a year’s hard work In the studio is more than 20 new tracks and the only problem, according to Paul is: ‘Figuring out which ones we want to release and which ones to play live.

‘Truth is, we probably have enough for two albums.’

This Friday at the Currumbin SoundLounge – Doors open from 7:30pm, show begins at 8.30pm

Tickets $30 online, or $35 at the door unless sold out.







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